The Microsoft Edge browser has a brand new icon, because the software program strikes additional away from its Web Explorer roots and into a contemporary model primarily based on Google’s open-source Chromium engine.
Microsoft didn’t merely reveal the brand new emblem although. As an alternative, it was the treasure on the finish of an internet Easter Egg hunt with a number of puzzles and clues that began on the official Microsoft Edge sub-Reddit. Steps within the course of included rendering an icon as a 3D object and a secret browsing sport.
The browsing sport, the final step within the treasure hunt, is accessible by means of edge://surf on the Microsoft Edge browser. It resembles SkiFree, a basic sport that was in Microsoft’s Leisure Pack three for Home windows that was launched in 1991. For these excited about attempting it out, the thing of the sport is to make use of the W, A, S, and D keys to navigate by means of the obstacles, whereas selecting up velocity boosts alongside the way in which.
Gamers who accomplished the browsing sport and the web Easter Egg hunt, and those that waited for the outcomes from the others who did so, discovered the brand new Microsoft Edge icon, which represents a brand new age for the corporate’s web browser.
Microsoft noticed its Web Explorer lose to Google’s Chrome within the browser wars and the improve to Microsoft Edge didn’t assist. This led to the choice to rebuild Microsoft Edge utilizing Google’s Chromium engine, and the primary beta of the challenge, launched in August, confirmed promise. A bug bounty program for Chromium Edge was launched in the identical month, inviting cybersecurity consultants to establish vulnerabilities within the browser for rewards of as much as $30,000.
A number of new options for the brand new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge could assist it problem Google Chrome’s dominance within the web browser area. These embrace Collections, which permits customers to shortly collect a listing of webpages in a central hub with a click on of a button, an up to date Share performance for improved integration with Home windows, and higher compatibility for webpages designed for older browsers.
The discharge date of the ultimate model of the brand new Microsoft Edge stays unknown. Nonetheless, with the reveal of the brand new emblem, it’s attainable that an announcement is in retailer for the Microsoft Ignite convention, which is able to run from November four to November eight, 2019 in Orlando.